“This is the conclusion of a two-part series on air pollution in Delhi. Part 1, on inequality in exposure—on environmental injustice—is available here .” [and on delhiair.org]
James Boyce’s writes that while “public awareness of air pollution in Delhi lags behind that in China”…, this may be starting to change and must change “if Indian government officials aspire to make Delhi a world class city — a goal which is utterly incompatible with the city’s current air quality.”
Boyce’s second column discusses the multiple immediate and long term solutions and measures that could be undertaken to help as well as the financial benefits of transitioning to a clean energy country — including “unlocking international finance for green infrastruction investments”and adopting a car licensing auction system similar to that in Singapore.
“Other major cities around the world have shown that clean air and economic development are not only compatible but can go together. These goals can be reconciled in Delhi, too, if and when its citizens demand it and its politicians respond.” James K. Boyce. TripleCrisis.com. Read it on delhiair.org.
James K. Boyce is the Director, Program on Development, Peacebuilding, and the Environment at the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) and Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.